Zeltnera exaltata (Griseb.) G. Mans
western centaury (desert centaury; tall centaury)
Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Zeltnera exaltata
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Species Information

Annual herb from a short taproot; stems 1 to several, simple to branched, 5-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves few to several, not forming a tuft, soon deciduous, elliptic-lanceolate to oblanceolate, 5-25 mm long; stem leaves longer and narrower, pointed at the tip.
Inflorescence of a 1 to few flowers on stalks 1-4 cm long; corollas pale pink to nearly white, 9-19 mm long; calyces slender, 6-9 mm long and as long as or longer than the corolla tubes, deeply lobed; anthers 1.5-2.0 mm long and slightly twisted.
Capsules, slender, 12-18 mm long; seeds egg-shaped, honeycombed, pitted, brown.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Moist saline meadows in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC, known only from the Osoyoos area and Kamloops Lake; E to NB and S to UT, NV, AZ and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Centaurium exaltatum (Griseb.) W. Wight ex Piper
Centaurium namophilum
Centaurium nuttallii (S. Watson) A. Heller
Cicendia exaltata Griseb.